54 LIFE OF gnise the coast but "by the occasional lights in the fishing huts. Hurnboldt with his companion anchored iu tho harbour of New Barcelona,, at the month of tho cro- codile-filled river, Rio Reveri, and lio measured, tho altitude of the sea from a hill, in order to doeido tho geographical longitude of tho plaeo. Tho next day he set sail again, although his follow travelings hnd determined to wend their way to Caracas over land, through a wild, marshy region, from foar of tho un- steadiness of their little vessel on a Htonny Noa. .Bon- pland also went this way, to mako a collection of now plants. Humboldt, however, with a pilot, boldly pro- secuted the sea journey to Guayra, whono harbour m filled with sharks, and whose appearance in jnoro tit?it of a desert rocky island than of a continent, JMhnn- boldt only tarried here a few hours, especially a»H tho yellow fever was raging, and reached Oaracan on tho evening of the 21st November, while tho laud i.ra* vellers only arrived four days later, after 'having suffered much inconvenience and many hardnhi^s.